Behavioral Health Providers

Care Providers at Howard Brown

To schedule an appointment with any of our providers, please call 773.388.1600


 

KellyDuch

Kelly Ducheny, Psy.D.

Senior Director, Behavioral Health Services

Psychologist

(she/her/hers or they/them/theirs)

 

Education and training

  • PsyD in Clinical Psychology, School of Professional Psychology, Wright State University
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Center for Healthy Communities and School of Professional Psychology, Wright State University

Professional history

  • 281-CARE, Suicide Hotline Staff Member
  • Psychological Services Center, University of Cincinnati, Psychology Intern
  • Center for Health Communities, Wright State University, Postdoctoral Resident Faculty Member
  • Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Associate Director of Clinical Training and Assistant Professor
  • Center for Health Development and Private Practice, Psychologist
  • Marjorie Kovler Center for Survivors of Torture, Heartland Alliance, Volunteer Psychologist
  • Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Department Chair, Clinical Psychology and Associate Professor
  • Roosevelt University, Adler School of Professional Psychology and National Lewis University, Adjunct Faculty Member
  • Psychology Accreditation Consultant

Specialties and certifications

  • State of Illinois Domestic Violence Training for Service Providers
  • Transgender, Gender Non-Conforming, Gender Queer Health
  • Certificate in Primary Care Behavioral Health, Center for Integrated Primary Care, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worchester, MA

Interests

  • Transgender, Gender Non-conforming and Gender Queer Health
  • Integrated Health Care
  • Trauma, Depression, Anxiety
  • HIV and LGBT Health Care
  • Immigrant and Refugee Mental Health
  • Qualitative Research

 

Stacy Agosto, LCSW

Program Manager, Substance Use Services

(she/her/hers)

Education and training

  • Master of Arts, University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration
  • Advanced Mental Health Intern, Center on Halsted

Professional history

  • Mayoral Fellow, City of Chicago, Office of Mayor Rahm Emanuel
  • Research Assistant, University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration
  • Marketing Manager, Rand McNally
  • Marketing Coordinator, Schopf & Weiss LLP

Specialties and certifications

  • Substance use and compulsive sex in the LGBTQ community
  • Dual diagnosis issues: Substance use and mental health
  • State of Illinois 40 hour Domestic Violence Training for Service Providers

Interests

  • Substance use and its function
  • Trauma
  • Building relationships and intimacy

Nick Branock, LCSW

Program Manager, Mental Health Services

(he/him/his)

Education and training

  • Master’s degree in Social Work, Indiana University

Professional History

  • HIV Prevention Coordinator at Test Positive Aware Network
  • Intern at Indiana University Counseling and Psychological Services Center
  • Contract Psychotherapist, Center on Halsted
  • Senior Clinical Program Manager for Crisis Intervention Services at North Shore University Health System

Interests

  • HIV-related issues
  • Grief/Loss & Trauma
  • Depression, Anxiety & OCD
  • Crisis intervention Mindfulness, CBT/ ERP, and client-centered approaches

 


katie jensen

Katie Jensen, LCSW

Program Manager, Behavioral Health Consulting

(she/her/hers)

Education and training

  • Master’s Degree in Social Work, The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work

Professional history

  • Behavioral Health Consultant at Howard Brown Health
  • Crisis Team Intern at Austin Police Department Victim Services
  • Teaching Assistant at The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work
  • Intern at Akins High School Student Support Services
  • Research Assistant at The Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine

Specialty areas and certifications

  • State of Illinois Domestic Violence Training for Service Providers

Interests

  • Crisis Intervention
  • Sex positivity
  • LGBTQ issues
  • Working with survivors of sexual assault
  • Mental and behavioral health support

Melisa Bailey

Melissa B. Bailey, Psy.D.

Coordinator of Clinical Training and Clinical Psychologist

(she/her/hers)

Education and training

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Professional History

  • Training Director & Licensed Clinical Psychologist, The Juniper Center
  • Manager of Mental Health, Center on Halsted
  • Adjunct Faculty, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
  • Adjunct Faculty, Adler University

Interests

  • Training and Supervision
  • Identity Development
  • Parenting and Family Creation in Queer Relationships
  • Sexuality
  • Gender Identity and Expression
  • Relationships

Erika Bielenstein, MA/NCC

Behavioral Health Consultant

(she/her/hers)

Education and training

• Master of Arts from Roosevelt University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
• Bachelor of Arts from Northern Arizona University in Psychology and Sociology

Professional history

• Case Manager, Heartland Alliance Youth and Residential Services
• Graduate Clinical Intern, Live Oak Chicago
• Career and Academic Advisor, Northern Arizona University CCC2NAU (Community College to University) bridge program

Specialty areas and certifications

• Working with undocumented immigrant and refugee populations
• Engaging in affirmative practice with the LGBTQ community
• Working with youth ages 0 to young adulthood
• Trauma-Informed Care

Interests

• Spanish
• American Sign Language
• Identity formation and exploration of intersectionality of identity
• Advocacy for immigrant and refugee populations and TGNC populations
• Relational and feminist theoretical approaches
• Creative and expressive modalities
• Incorporating mindfulness-based approaches


Liza Brockway

Liza Brockway, LSCW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

(she/her/hers)

Education and training

  • Master of Social Work, Loyola University Chicago- Emphasis in Clinical Social Work

Professional History

  • Bilingual Therapist, Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center
  • Bilingual Social Work Intern, Chicago Public Schools
  • Bilingual Clinical Social Work Intern, Infant Welfare Society
  • Volunteer Sexual Assault Crisis Counselor, Loyola University
  • Therapeutic Teacher, Heartland Alliance for Human Needs and Human Rights
  • Volunteer Residential Counselor, Niños de Papel-Colombia

Specialty areas and certifications

  • Trauma Integration
  • Body-centered and experiential therapies
  • 120 Hour training in Internal Family Systems (experiential mindfulness- and somatically-oriented therapy)
  • Trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
  • Fellowship in Psychoanalysis
  • State of Illinois Domestic Violence Training for Service Providers
  • Rape Victim Advocate 56-Hour Certified Sexual Assault Crisis Counselor Training

Interests

  • Bilingual in Spanish and English
  • Experiential and expressive modalities of psychotherapy
  • Positive Psychology
  • Provision of clinical consultation to therapists regarding mind-body experiential therapies, trauma integration, and deepen use of countertransference
  • Human rights advocacy
  • LGBTQ-affirming care
  • Gender Identity
  • Neurobiology of trauma recovery
  • Integration of historical and intergenerational trauma
  • Culturally attuned practice
  • Attachment theory

HughCole

Hugh Cole, LCSW, CADC

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

(he/him/his)

Education and training

  • Master of Social Work, Loyola University Chicago- mental health concentration
  • Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Harold Washington College

Professional History

  • Psychotherapist/ Substance Abuse Counselor, Recovering with Pride, Howard Brown Health
  • Social Work Trainee, Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery Center, Jesse Brown Veteran’s Administration Medical Center
  • Behavioral Health Social Work Intern/Consult LiaisonHealth Trainee Crisis Team, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
  • Chicago Area Schweitzer Fellowship in association with Howard Brown Health Center
  • Volunteer Counselor/Mentor, Refugee One
  • Counselor/Case Manager, Heartland Alliance First Step Program
  • HIV education and intervention Volunteer, Gay Men’s Health Crisis/NYC

Specialty areas and certifications

  • Group Psychotherapy
  • Trauma
  • LGBTQ older adults

Interests

  • Trauma Informed Care
  • Group, Relational and Individual Therapy
  • Working with the voice hearing community
  • Gerontology
  • Gender Identity
  • Sex and Intimacy
  • Human rights advocacy
  • Inspiring motivation to change compulsive behaviors with HIV impacted clients

 

Brian Flores

Brian D. Flores, Psy. D.

Behavioral Health Consultant

(he/him/his)

Education and training

  • PsyD in Clinical Psychology, Chicago School of Professional Psychology; Clinical Psychology
  • Post-doctoral Fellowship, Howard Brown Health

Professional History

  • Pre-doctoral Intern, Pillars Community Health
  • Practicum intern at two Partial Hospitalization Programs
  • Led parenting classes in Spanish for parents of at-risk youth

Specialty areas and certifications

  • Certificate in Primary Care Behavioral Health, Center for Integrated Primary

Interests

  • HIV and Hepatitis C co-infection
  • Cultural differences in pain management and coping
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Chronic diseases like diabetes & hypertension
  • Culturally informed care
  • Acculturation & discrimination stress
  • Family systems
  • Immigration
  • Grief and loss

 

SaraHayes

Sara Hays, LCSW, CADC

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

(she/her/hers)

Education and training

  • Masters of Social Work, Loyola University Chicago, Mental health concentration
  • Advanced Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor Training Program, Loyola University Chicago

Professional History

  • Intern, Out of School Time, Association House of Chicago
  • Graduate Intern, Live Oak
  • Clinical Social Work Intern, Adult MAT program, PEER Services

Specialty areas and certifications

  • Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Illinois
  • State of Illinois Domestic Violence Training for Service Providers

Interests

  • Substance use and sexual health
  • Substance use disorders
  • Harm reduction
  • LGBTQ affirmative treatment
  • Relationship counseling
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Trauma and loss

Kimberly Lux, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

(she/her/hers)

Education and training

  • Master’s degree, School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago

Professional history

  • School Social Worker, Merrillville Intermediate School
  • Group Co-Facilitator, Center for Advancing Domestic Peace
  • Study Circle Co-Facilitator, Race Relations Council of Northwest Indiana
  • Clinical Social Work Intern, Northwestern University Women’s Center

Specialty areas and certifications

  • State of Illinois Domestic Violence Training for Service Providers
  • State of Illnois Partner Abuse Intervention Training
  • State of Illinois Sexual Assault Training for Service Providers
  • Healthcare for Transgender, Gender Non-Conforming, and Gender Expansive Individuals

Interests

  • Affirming Care for Transgender, Gender Non-conforming, and Gender Expansive children and youth, as well as their families
  • LGBTQ Affirming Care
  • Trauma informed care across the life span
  • Relational, Client-Centered, and Feminist Therapies

megan-marker-profileMegan Marker, LCSW

Behavioral Health Consultant

(she/her/hers)

Education and training

Masters Degree, University of Illinois at Chicago; Jane Addams College of Social Work

Professional History
• Behavioral Health Care Manager at IlliniCare Health
• Crisis Worker with NorthShore University Health System
• Adolescent Counselor at PEER Services Glenview
• Therapist & Program Coordinator with SGA Youth and Family Services
• Case Manager at Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission Women and Children’s Shelter

Specialty areas and certifications
Certified Domestic Violence Professional, training at Between Friends

Interests
• Trauma Informed Care
• Intimate Partner and Domestic Violence
• Chemical Dependency, specifically harm reduction


Lindsey Martin, LSW

Behavioral Health Consultant

(she/her/hers)

Education and training
• Master’s degree in Social Work, Ohio State University

Professional History
• Behavioral Health Intern, AIDS Resource Center of Ohio
• Youth Counselor, Ohio State University School of Social Work
• Research Assistant, Ohio State University School of Social Work
• Ryan White Part C Case Manager, Howard Brown Health
• Mental Health Support Group Facilitator, Bonaventure House

Interests
• HIV-related issues
• Substance use
• Depression & anxiety


Kristin Reitz (Licensed Clinical Social Worker)

Kristin Reitz, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

(she/her/hers)

Education and training

  • Master’s degree, University of Illinois at Chicago, Jane Addams College of Social Work

Professional history

  • Therapist, In-Home Counseling for Seniors
  • Medical social worker and Therapist, Near North Health service Corporation
  • Patient Navigator, Project Hope, Stroger Hospital & The Core Center
  • Visiting Coordinator of Clinical and Research Programs, University of Illinois at Chicago

Specialty areas and certifications

  • State of Illinois Domestic Violence Training for Service Providers

Interests

  • LGBTQ affirming care
  • Substance use disorders
  • Harm Reduction
  • HIV-related health and wellness
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Mindfulness Meditation

 


Sonila Sejdaras

Sonila Sedjaras, PsyD, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

(she/her/hers)

Education and training

  • PsyD in Clinical Psychology, School of Professional Psychology, Adler University
  • Pre-doctoral Fellowship, Gateway Foundation, Residential Substance Abuse Facility
  • Therapy Practicum, Adler Community Mental Health, Adler University
  • Diagnostic Practicum, Haymarket Center, Residential Substance Abuse Facility
  • Master in Clinical Social Work, Wayne State University
  • Intern Social Worker, Outpatient Behavioral Health Center, Henry Ford Hospital
  • Intern Social Worker, Inpatient Psychiatric Hospital, Circle of Life Hospital

Professional history

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Northeast Guidance Center, Community Mental Health Center
  • Teaching Assistant, Adler University
  • Clinical Social Worker, Private Practice

Specialties and certifications

  • State of Illinois Domestic Violence Training for Service Providers
  • State of Illinois Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor
  • Biofeedback Training

Interests

  • LGBTQ affirming care
  • Complex Trauma
  • Substance Abuse
  • Grief/Loss & Trauma
  • Anxiety
  • Mindfulness
  • Biofeedback

 

AndreaStein

Andrea Stein, LCSW

Coordinator, Violence Recovery Project

(she/her/hers)

Education and training

  • Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Women’s Studies, University of Wisconsin
  • Master’s Degree in Social Work, University of Wisconsin

Professional history

  • Staff Psychotherapist, Recovering with Pride at Howard Brown
  • Crisis Intervention Social Worker, Northshore University Hospital
  • Psychotherapist and Addictions Specialist at Journey Mental Health Center in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Program Specialist, Adolescent Trauma Treatment Unit at the Mental Health Center of Dane County in Madison, Wisconsin
  • Referral & Community Program Coordinator at The Rainbow Project in Madison, Wisconsin

Specialty areas and certifications

  • Trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
  • State of Illinois Domestic Violence Training for Service Providers

Interests

  • LGBTQ affirming care
  • Supporting survivors of intimate partner violence
  • Exploring the connection between trauma and addiction
  • Utilizing Mindfulness meditation
  • Coping with Anxiety

 


hayley-van-serkeHayley Beth Van Serke, Psy. D.

Behavioral Health Consultant

(she/her/hers)

Education and training

● Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, Illinois School of Professional Psychology;
Clinical Psychology
● Post-doctoral Fellowship, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
● Doctoral Extern at the HIV Care Program at Mercy Hospital
● Doctoral Extern at Haymarket Center

Professional History

● Adler University, adjunct faculty
● The Integrated Behavioral Health Consortium of Indiana, Pre-Doctoral
● Northshore Hospital System, crisis worker, Intern
● The University of Chicago, Medical Social Worker, Intern
● AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, psychotherapist, Intern

Specialty areas and certifications
● Eye Movement and Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) trained
● Specialty areas: Substance Misuse, Harm Reduction, Lifestyle changes,
chronic diseases management, family systems, mindfulness, weight loss management

Interests
● HIV and Hepatitis C co-infection
● Pain management and coping
● Integrated Health Care
● Trauma, Depression, Anxiety
● LGBT Health Care
● Crisis intervention, Mindfulness, CBT, and client-centered approaches


Kira Weidner

Kira Weidner, Psy.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

(she/her/hers)

Education and training

  • Clinical PsyD, Chicago School of Professional Psychology
  • Postdoctoral fellowship with youth in juvenile detention, Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center

 

Professional history

  • Predoctoral Internship: Wisconsin Department of Corrections
  • Adjunct Faculty at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

Specialty areas and certifications

  • Gender and sexual orientation identity development
  • Sexuality
  • Trauma and depression
  • Persistent mental illness

Interests

  • Young people with diverse and multifaceted gender and sexual orientation identities
  • Restorative justice
  • Trauma
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Suicide and self-injury
  • Sexuality
  • Relationships
  • Mindfulness

 

Trover

Trover Gray Wilson, LCSW, CADC, MISA

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

(he/him/his)

Education and training

  • Bachelor of Arts, Roanoke College in Psychology/Sociology
  • Master of Social Work, Aurora University with Clinical Focus

Professional history

  • Crisis Provider, NorthShore University HealthSystem
  • Child & Adolescent Social Worker, Chicago Lakeshore Hospital
  • Intake & Linkage Manager, The Association for Individual Development
  • Behavioral Health, Addictions, & Crisis Provider, The Association for Individual Development
  • Addictions Counseling Intern, Breaking Free
  • Volunteer Tutor, The West End Center for Youth

 

Specialty areas and certifications

  • Certification in alcohol and other drug addictions counseling (CADC)
  • Certification in mental illness/substance abuse counseling (MISA)

Interests

  • Practice with LGBTQ communities
  • Practice with HIV-impacted communities
  • Advocacy for diverse and vulnerable populations
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Humanistic Psychology
  • Relational/Interpersonal Theories
  • Object Relations Theory

 

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